News in Brief
Penn State Intercom......October 18, 2001

Award nominations sought

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) is now accepting nominations for the 2002 Eisenhower, Atherton and Alumni Teaching Fellow Awards.

Students, faculty, staff, administrators and friends of the University may nominate faculty for these awards. The nomination form and information about the awards can be accessed at and, respectively. The deadline for submitting nominations is 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22.

For information, contact the CELT office at or (814) 863-2599.


The closing date for receipt of Evan Pugh professorship nominating materials is Monday, Oct. 22. All nominations must be submitted in accordance with Policy HR87 and established guidelines and should be sent to the dean of the academic college in which the nominee is appointed. Current nomination guidelines may be obtained by calling (814) 863-9580, by e-mail to, or by stopping in 304 Old Main, University Park.

'Picture This'

The Schreyer Honors College invites the University community to join together at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, for a unique photo opportunity to create the words "WE ARE PENN STATE" on Old Main lawn on the University Park campus.

The event, "Picture This," will benefit United Way. To participate simply donate $2 for a button before the event. These buttons are available now at C-4 Atherton Hall and the Student Book Store, 330 E. College Ave. The buttons also will be available between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at the HUB-Robeson Center.

The Nittany Lion will be present at the event. For an additional $1, participants may bring cameras and get their picture taken with the Nittany Lion on a first-come, first-served basis.

To volunteer or for more information, e-mail

Dance marathon at New Kensington

A 10-hour dance marathon will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Penn State New Kensington field house to benefit THON, the 48-hour dance event held on the University Park campus in February.

Penn State New Kensington student government officials hope to raise more than $10,000 for THON, the largest student-run charity fundraiser in the world. Last year, THON raised more than $3.6 million for research and treatment of pediatric cancer in Pennsylvania.

Funding proposals

The Equal Opportunity Planning Committee (EOPC) will be receiving funding proposals for programs that occur in summer 2002 and academic year 2002-2003. Proposals for summer 2002 are due on Dec. 14 and proposals for academic year 2002-2003 are due on Jan. 25. Funding proposals are accepted for University programs that support one the seven challenges identified in A Framework to Foster Diversity at Penn State: 1998-2003 (

EOPC will be conducting proposal writing workshops this fall. Information on these workshops and materials for submitting proposals can be found at the EOPC Web site at

For more information, e-mail Mike Blanco at


A vanpool is looking for two riders from the Philipsburg, Osceola or Houtzdale areas. Work hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. If interested, call Doretta at (814) 865-1407.

Volunteer opportunity

The Adult Development Project on the University Park campus needs men ages 25 to 45 to participate in a research study of relationships between grown children and their parents.

The study consists of a one-hour phone interview at a time of convenience for the participant. Questions cover the close and problematic aspects of grown children's ties to their mothers and fathers. Participants will be paid for their time.

For more information or to participate e-mail or call (814) 863-1834. Callers should provide their name, a phone number where they can be reached and a good time to be called.

This research is being conducted by Karen Fingerman, associate professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies.

Digital image use survey

The Visual Image User Study (VIUS) seeks volunteers to provide information on their digital image needs. The project, under the leadership of the University Libraries and funded through a $755,000 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant, seeks to understand the needs of faculty, staff and students for digital images of still pictures and to develop a prototype system for image delivery. Some focus groups have been conducted and currently several surveys and interviews are under way.

Individuals who use pictures for teaching and research, and faculty and staff who maintain collections of pictures are urged to participate in this assessment that will ultimately influence image delivery and storage at the University.

For more information, contact James Frost at or (814) 865-6697. Additional information on the project is available on the Web at

Faculty, staff handbooks online

Information on policies, benefits, services and other related matters of the University can be found in the Faculty Handbook and Staff Employee Handbook, both of which are online.

To access the Faculty Handbook, go to the University's home page at and select "About Penn State." Click on "Administration" and then "Executive Vice President and Provost." The Faculty Handbook link is under "Publications."

To access the Staff Employee Handbook, go to the Office of Human Resources home page at and select "Policies, Handbooks, Contracts." A link to the Faculty Handbook also is provided there.

The handbooks are intended for use as a general reference, and to provide the reader with referrals to official sources for definitive answers on University policies and policy guidelines. The handbooks are available in alternative format upon request.

Information to be considered for inclusion in the Faculty Handbook should be sent via e-mail to Brenda Hameister at Comments regarding the Staff Employee Handbook should be directed to Cathy Ricard at

Addressing for campus mail

Gregg Asciutto, manager of addressing and mailing services, requests that correspondence for campus mail be addressed to include the name of the recipient plus his or her department, room number and building name. Abbreviations should not be used.

For information, call Asciutto at (814) 865-7544 or e-mail